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Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc. (karma: 17)
By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:47 PM
Made sticky by calypso (11968) on 2006-01-15 10:56:58

Piercings FAQ: Take Deux

So, with this new board and such, I figured it’s time to redo the piercing faq and put it all together, update it, etc etc. So, here it goes.

Most pictures are © Shannon Larratt at BMEzine or Kolo Piercing.

Gauge Chart

The gauge (g) is the size of the jewelry that your piercing is. Generally, all piercings can be stretched. Please refer to the stretching section on best ways to stretch and how to take care of newly stretched piercings. After one reaches 00g, the size then goes into diameter in inch such as 3/4ths or 1.5”

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/tongue.jpg'

Types of Jewelry

Internally threaded jewelry, though more expensive, is the best type of jewelry to get. When jewelry is internally threaded, it means that the balls have the screws no the bar. That means the bar can easily go into the piercing without the screws scraping against it, especially when it’s fresh. Jewelry can also be made of MANY materials but for healing purposes, surgical stainless steel is best. All jewelry comes in all sizes.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/jewelry.jpg'

Names

There are many piercings. You can pretty much get anything pierced. Of course, there are genital piercings. For those over the age of eighteen, if you wish to research those, I recommend contacting a professional piercer that you have been recommended to. I will not include pain level. Why? Because as we all know, you can not be told how much something will hurt as it will hurt us all differently.

Piercings on the Ear

Image hotlink - 'http://www.kolopiercing.com/kolo_images/EAR-1small.jpg'
Image hotlink - 'http://www.kolopiercing.com/kolo_images/EAR-2small.jpg'
Image hotlink - 'http://www.kolopiercing.com/kolo_images/EAR-3small.jpg'

Earlobe

The lobe is probably one of the most popular piercings out there. Many people make the mistake of getting their lobes pierced by a gun at Claire’s, Wal-Mart, etc. If you believe that the gun is okay, please stick with me or scroll to the bottom to read why it is not. Please, save yourself and never get pierced by a gun. I promise the professionals know what they are doing. People working a gun at Claire’s do not. They take 4-6 weeks to heal.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A50323/high/bmegl037371.jpg'

Tragus

Healing time: 4-6 months. The tragus is a cartilage piercing. Usually pierced at 18-14g.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A51117/high/bmepb166644.jpg'

Anti-Tragus

The anti-tragus is opposite to the tragus on the ear. It also takes 4-6 months to heal, is a cartilage piercing, and pierced at 18-14g.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A51209/high/bmepb180656.jpg'

Daith

The daith takes about 3-6 months to heal and is generally done with a 16-18g curved barbell or CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A50908/high/bmegl128591.jpg'

Rook

The bigger and more noticeable your rook is, the easier it will to be pierced. It's recommended to get it pierced at 12-16g. It can take 4-6 months to heal.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A51209/high/bmegl180032.jpg'

Conch

It is generally pierced with 14g jewelry and can take 4-6 months to heal.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.totallypierced.com.au/images/piercings/conch-1.jpg'

Helix

The helix is the second most popular piercing on the ear. Again, they should NOT be pierced with piercing guns. Believe me, I got mine done with a needle and had less problems with it than my friends have who got it done with a gun. They are generally pierced with 14-16g. note: all cartilage piercings should be pierced with a needle one size bigger than the jewelry. My cartilage was pierced with a 13g needle and has 14g jewelry. It allows the cartilage to breathe around the jewelry It can take 4-6 months to heal.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A51209/high/bmegl177792.jpg'

Industrial

The industrial is not limited to helix-helix. It is generally two piercing connected by a barbell. They are usually done with 14g and can take 6-9 months to heal.

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Snug

Another cartilage piercing, the snug can take 4-9 months to heal and is pierced at 14g. Remember, not everyone pierces at the same gauged jewelry and it is just a general statement.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A51209/high/bmegl180163.jpg'

Facial Piercings

Tongue

Tongue piercings can be done in the center of the tongue, but can be off-center as well. The tongue usually pierced with a 14-12g barbell and can take up to 6-8 weeks to heal.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/02-tongue/A51223/high/bmegl187600.jpg'
Standard Gauge Tongues


Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/02-tongue/A51209/high/bmepb180584.jpg'
Large Gauge Tongues (My good friend Ethan) 2g tongue

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/02-tongue/A50823/high/bmegl119076.jpg'
Off Center Tongue

Tongue Web

Healing time: 4-6 weeks. Usually pierced at 16-12g with a curved barbell or a CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/02-tongue/A51218/high/bmepb182513.jpg'

Nose Piercings

Septum

Takes 6-8 weeks to heal and is usually pierced with an18-14g CBR or horseshoe barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/03-nose/A51223/high/bmegl187433.jpg'


Nostril

Takes 2-3 months to heal and usually pierced with a 20g or 18g nostril screw.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/03-nose/A60112/high/bmegl206178.jpg'

Upper Facial

Eyebrow

Healing time is 2-3 months and is usually pierced with an 18-14g curved barbell or CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/04-eyebrow/A51029/high/bmepb153820.jpg'
Standard eyebrow

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/04-eyebrow/A60112/high/bmegl206298.jpg'
Horizontal eyebrow. Please note that this IS a surface piercing meaning it will probably be a bit more painful, healing time will be longer, and has a very high risk of migration or rejection.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/04-eyebrow/A51202/high/bmepb175166.jpg'
Anti-Eyebrow. Same with the horizontal. This IS a surface piercing.

Bridge

Healing time is 2-4 months. It’s usually pierced with a 14g curved barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/04-eyebrow/A60106/high/bmepb201246.jpg'

Lip/Cheek Piercings

Monroe
After the famous Marilyn Monroe, this piercing can take 2-3 months to heal. It is usually pierced with a 16-14g flatback barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/Brittany_005.jpg'

Labret

2-3 months to heal, usually pierced with a 16-14g flatback or CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A60112/high/bmegl206154.jpg'
CBR

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A60106/high/bmepb201696.jpg'
Flatback

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A60106/high/bmepb202000.jpg'
[uTwo side labrets…when two are together they are known as snakebites[/u]

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A51223/high/bmegl186625.jpg'
Vertical Labret

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A40921/high/iam00065261.jpg'
Lowbret

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A20609/high/007.jpg'
Vertical Lowbrets

Cheeks
Cheek piercings take 4-9 months to heal and are usually pierced with a 14g straight barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A51108/high/bmegl163748.jpg'

Frenulum aka Smiley
Takes 4-6 weeks to heal and is usually pierced with a 16-14g CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/05-lips/A60110/high/bmepb202407.jpg'

Navel
One of the most popular piercing…mainly with girls (although I have seen it on a few guys), the navel takes 4-6 months to heal and is pierced with a 14g curved barbell/banana barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/07-navel/A60110/high/bmegl203414.jpg'

Nipple
Takes 4-6 months to heal and is recommended to be pierced with a 14g curved barbell for healing but can also be done with a CBR.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/08-nipple/A60112/high/bmegl205765.jpg'
Male Nipple Piercing

Surface Piercings
Surface piercings are at a high risk of migration, rejection, and many other problems. They are difficult to heal and vary on where the piercing is. If not done correctly, it has a 100% chance of rejecting. They are generally pierced with a straight or curved barbell.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/11-surface/A51223/high/bmegl187863.jpg'
Madison

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/11-surface/A60112/high/bmegl204932.jpg'
Collarbone

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/11-surface/A51125/high/bmepb172133.jpg'
Back Corset

There are MANY more surface piercings. Actually, any surface on your body can be pierced. The thing is…a lot of piercers will not take the risk in doing them. Surface piercings are something that need to be highly researched before getting them done.

Just say “NO!” to the gun!

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/gun.jpg'

Why are they bad?

They’re not just bad. They are the devil.

Actually, first I am going to show you something.

Those people at Claire’s? Or Wal-Mart? Those with guns? They are NOT trained piercers! That is not their professional job! Want to know what easily happens when a non-professional pierces you?

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Right ear.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/100_2414.jpg'
Left ear.

Now obviously, my lobes are stretched. But the more I stretch them…the more obvious it is that they did NOT place these symmetrically! Do you see that? My plugs are all touching on my right ear and not at all on my left! It was even visible when I had small lobes. It looks like crap.

Now, why are guns ultimately bad?

Wellll…

They cannot be properly sterilized with an autoclave. Alcohol doesn’t do it. Meaning that gun can have germs on it. Hepatitis even. Yes, people have gotten hepatitis from the piercing gun.

In cartilage, the dull point of an ear ring can crack the cartilage. This can cause you to go blind. With cartilage piercings, the jewelry should be a size smaller than the needle used to pierce you. My cartilage was first pierced with a 14g. The needle that pierced me was a 13g. It allows the jewelry room to breathe and get happy.

Needles are quicker. Think about it. Needles are sharp, ear rings are dull. Try pushing a dull pair of scissors through a piece of paper then a sharp knife. The knife went through easier, didn’t it? That is exactly how it is with guns.

So people, be smart. Walk away from guns. Research and find a good piercer. Never settle on the first piercer you meet. Talk to others and go to who you feel most comfortable about.

Why not to self-pierce

From “Self-piercings are NOT cool!” by yours truly:

Sterilization

I HIGHLY doubt any of you people have the proper sterilization. HIGHLY. Why? The proper sterilization is an autoclave machine. On ebay, autoclave machines cost at least $100, some well over $1,000.

Fire; Fire contaminates items. It does not help to sterilize in any way.
Boiling; Partially sterilizes, but personally, I would never pierce myself with something partially sterilized.
Rubbing Alcohol; Disinfects to some extent but most microbes (including Hepatitis) are not killed.
Bleach; Often doesn’t kill Hepatitis.
Hydrogen Peroxide; Bad for piercings, drys out the skin, does not fully sterilize


Risks! (Many major risks will be discussed soon…just wait…)

The obvious statement that you probably don’t know what you’re doing…especially if you think alcohol sterilizes stuff.

Average time between stretches

Stretching your piercings should be done at a slow rate. You should NEVER force a stretch especially if it hurts. If you’re going to do it yourself, tapers are good to use. Also, warm showers soften the tissue. I once had to go to the doctor and get put on antibiotics and start all over on my stretching because I skipped a gauge and got a massive infection in my ears. I am talking about my ears being swollen to the size of quarters and my lymph nodes were swollen and hurt.

The average time you should wait between stretches are:

Earlobe - 1 month or more
Cartilage - 3 months or more
Septum - 6-8 weeks or more
Labret/Lip - 2 months or more
Tongue - 2 months or more
Nipple - 4 months or more

Major Piercing Risks

Remember! We cannot tell you what it is through the internet. It is best to go to your piercer before assuming anything! I am not going to soften it up. Risks are a major part of piercings. If you cannot handle the risks, you cannot handle the piercing. I hate to break it to you, but that is the way the cooke crumbles.

Blow out

When stretching a piercing, the skin tunnel can be forced out the back of the hole by pressure. There are two ways to remove this tissue…downsizing and hoping it goes away and having it removed. This is generally from stretching too fast.

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Boils

Boils are tissue that is hard and filled with pus. They can be caused by bacterial infections, can happen on all piercings, and generally can be treated by hot compresses, herbal soaks, sea salt soaks, and an antibiotic ointment. Popping boils can lead to more problems.[/i]

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00268-3.jpg'

Cartilage Swelling

The layers of cartilage “seal” an area. Thus, when an infection occurs it can get trapped inside the swelling.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc01195-1.jpg'

Cheese-Cutter Effect

When lobe piercings are done with a gauge too small (generally anything smaller than 16 or 18g), the lobe can easily be torn with the slightest of pressure. It can either tear the ear ring all the way out or cause the hole to turn into a long slit. Torn lobes generally require stitches.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00257-1.jpg'

Ear Collapse

When swelling gets trapped in the cartilage layers, the infection can begin to destroy the cartilage in a matter of a day or two. This can permanently damage cartilage. .

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00233-1.jpg'

Earlobe Tearing

Again, stretching needs to be done slowly. If you overstretch, you run the risk of tearing along the circumference of the fistula. If this happens, immediately downsize to something that will definitely get the pressure off and allow it to heal before stretching again.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00287-1.jpg'

Keloid

Keloids are a kind of scar tissue. Not all scar tissue is keloids though. They are extremely hard to get rid of and sometimes will even come back. The best ways to try to treat them are tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, minimizing the source of irritation (i.e.: taking out the jewelry), or going to a doctor.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00246-2.jpg'

Rejection

Piercings are an open wound in your body when they are healing. Even after healing, your body may decide that it does not like that jewelry and push it out. Surface piercings have a high risk of rejection.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/07-navel/A50224/high/bmegl026193.jpg'

Your body can also push jewelry and make it migrate.

Image hotlink - 'http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/01-ear/A40423/high/iam00026637.jpg'

Shallow Industrial

Piercings are not meant for everybody. You might not have the proper ear to have an industrial. While piercers may know this, they may also ignore it. Sadly, not all piercers are the best of people. That goes with everyone…not just piercers Poor placement can result in the bar being pushes through the rim bisecting the cartilage.

Image hotlink - 'http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/RandomNothing/hail/encyc00304-1.jpg'

Remember! These are not all of the risks that are involved in piercings. Please refer to a piercer or other websites to find out more risks.

Minor problems with piercings include:
Swelling
Scar tissue
Soreness
Crusties

Please go to a piercer or doctor if your piercing starts to have pus that is generally a yellow-green color and/or has a foul smell. If you think it is infected, do NOT take it out. That can cause the infection to spread.

FAQ

Straight from “Piercings: A FAQ Post” by yours truly… (generally because I am too lazy to type it out, and it’s not straight from, I did some editing, but hey! I typed it the first time, why do I have to do it again?)

Will it hurt?

We don’t know if it will hurt. Think about it, I could punch two people using the same force and one would probably hurt more. It just depends on your pain tolerance level. Do you feel a lot of pain from something simple or does it take a lot for you to feel pain? If you have a low tolerance level for pain, it probably will hurt, the higher level of tolerance you have, and the less it would hurt.

Can you give me some more positive points about needles?

Better quality of jewelry
Wider range of initial jewelry
You can't sterilize an ear piercing gun
Much more control over positioning
Anesthetics available for pain free piercings
You will get a professional piercer doing it, not the Saturday girl at a hairdressers
No chance of cracking the cartilage in tops of the ear piercings

Should I get my *insert body part* pierced?

I don’t know. Should you? If you want to, then do so. I don’t know how a tongue piercing will look on you; I don’t know if a surface piercing will look good on you (haha, I know, no one has mentioned surface piercings but I have a new obsession.) Ask yourself if you should get something pierced. Head over to tribalectic.co . . . or bmezine.co . . . (do know that bmezine.com does have some adult orientated pictures and some higher extreme modifications, though you have to be a member to see the higher modifications) and read some of the experiences or look at the pictures and think to yourself “would I really like a hole there?”

Okay, I want my *insert body part* pierced, but my mom says no

You know, I’ve wanted piercings for a long time. I know how it is to get a “no” to a piercing. My mom is strictly a “3 holes” per ear person, and hates my gauges. I feel your pain, while I am a piercing addict, if you’ve seen my picture, you’ll realize that I don’t have piercings all over my body, and there is a reason behind that. Talk to your mom; show her pictures of the pretty piercing that you want. You need to be reasonable, be calm and mature. I got my industrial by proving to my mom that I researched it, I knew what I was going to have to do to take care of it, and I was going to pay for it. Don’t whine and beg, that will annoy your mom even more. What if she still says no? You’re out of luck. Wait until you’re 18. I’ve been waiting awhile to get many piercings I want, and I am just fine waiting.

I know you said wait until I am 18, but I can’t. Wouldn’t it be fine for my friend/myself to pierce it?

NO! There one was a time when I was dumb (hard to believe, eh? ) and I thought “Well, if my mommy won’t let my get my navel pierced, I’ll do it myself.” Wow, I was an idiot. I’ve pierced myself 5 times, each time was worse than the last. Okay, that’s a lie, but it was that way with my navel. I used to be a safety pin junkie; I had like 200 of them. Can we predict what is coming next? Yes we can. Three times, I’ve shoved a safety pin through my belly button, once through each nipple. Do you know how dumb that is? EACH TIME it got infected. You know what? There is STILL a mark from where I pierced my nipples and they went wrong. Not a big one, but it bothers me. I remember bumping the safety pin that was in my navel and it ended up getting all black and infected. Self-piercings are dumb and to be avoided. Do yourself a favor and don’t let someone (who is not trained, of course) or yourself pierce your body.

You said if I want it pierced, I should get it done. What if I want my navel pierced but my stomach isn’t exactly flat?

Then get it done. Does your nose have to be small to get it pierced? No. If you want your navel pierced, get it pierced. Don’t let something like that get in your way.


Taking Care of your New Piercing!
It is best to have mild liquid antibacterial soap and sea salt. The sea salt should be non-iodized.

Cleaning the Piercing

Clean around the piercing two-three times a day. Clean your hands for with the antibacterial soap, wash away the crusties with warm water, and lather the antibacterial soap around the piercing. Rinse the area.

Once or twice a day, soak your piercing in a saltwater solution, Mix eight ounces of warm distilled water in a bowl or cup and dissolve 1/4th of a teaspoon of salt into the water. Cover the piercing with the cup containing the saltwater so that it creates a bind and let it soak for ten minutes. Rinse the piercing with distilled water.

Precautions

(Taken from my Piercing Aftercare sheet from KOLO}

Do not move the jewelry unless crusties have to be removed from it.
Do not use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointments, betadine or iodine, hibiclens, ear care solution or bactine, or any other first aid product.
Avoid oral or sexual contact with the piercing for the full healing period.
Avoid touching the piercing with dirty hands. Always wash your hands before touching it.
Avoid picking at or playing with a new piercing. Try not to hit, pull, or snack the piercing. Avoid clothes that sit tight against a new piercing.
Avoid swimming in lakes, pools, rivers, etc. Avoid baths.
Do not remove the jewelry until it is fully healed. (author’s note: this is why I had to retire my top cartilage hole. It shrunk within a matter of seconds.)
If the jewelry has screw on balls or beads check and make sure the beads remain tight on the jewelry.
Do not over clean the piercing.
Do not stop cleaning the piercing before it heals.
If a piercing should appear to be rejecting or growing out, please consult your piercer to determine an appropriate course of action.
In oral piercings, sucking on ice for the first 3-7 days will help to reduce the swelling.
In oral piercings, rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution for at least 30 seconds 3-5 times a day.
In oral piercings, do not drink alcohol for at least three weeks.
In oral piercings, reduce intake of warm beverages and hot/spicy foods for the first 7-14 days.
In oral piercings, reduce all smoking for full healing period.

A General TIP

Piercers do not get paid the most money in the world. If you believe your piercer did a good job, tip them! I’ve been pierced by two people. I tipped them both $10 when I got the piercing. I tipped my first piercer, Miro (who is sadly not piercing anymore) $3 when he cleaned my month old piercing for free and checked out some scar tissue I had. Piercers do like to be tipped, it allows them to know that you appreciate their work. I promise, every time I would compliment Miro and give him a tip when I would go in the shop, he would automatically smile. It’s nice.

Alright folks, move along now. Nothing to see here.

Until next time, that is all I have to say. Thank you for taking the time to read over it, thank you for taking the time to be safe about your piercings, and please continue to do so. Piercings are a serious thing. I would recommend checking out all sites posted at the bottom of this.

PoT/Brittany

Sites used that are good for research:
bmezine.com (if you are under 13, please ask parental permission)
tribalectic.com (if you are under 13, please ask parental permission.
kolopiercing.com (If anyone lives in Georgia, I highly recommend going to Atlanta (Little Five Points, to be exact) to KOLO, they are amazing)

I also recommend:
tattoo.about.com
If you are in the metro-Atlanta area and cannot get to KOLO (because seriously…great place) I would recommend www.psychotats.com
If you are in San Antonio, Texas I would recommend www.dandylandtattoo.com. I have never been pierced there nor have I been there…but my piercer has told me about it. Sadly, my piercing place in San Antonio closed.
safepiercing.org

39 Replies to Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc.

re: Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc.
By Psychopotamusmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1438, member since Fri Apr 05, 2002
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:42 AM
Excellent post. Everything covered, really informative!

Maybe this should be a sticky?

Thanks!

Shell
re: Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc.
By dancingqueen18 Comments: 481, member since Sat Jun 11, 2005
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 05:41 PM
About what u said about Clair's piercings: I got my ears done there and they came out fine.
re: Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc. (karma: 3)
By RingingPhonePremium member Comments: 3509, member since Thu Nov 10, 2005
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 08:00 PM
^Didn't you read what she wrote?

There is a higher chance of something going wrong because they use piercing guns. Not saying that it will happen to everyone, but that it isn't as safe to use a gun.
re: Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc.
By DejaDerangemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6188, member since Fri Mar 26, 2004
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 08:19 PM
^ Exactly.

Case in point: my ears. First I got them done in 4th grade. Went to the Dr's office, because we thought that'd be safer or something. However, they used a gun. And not just a gun, but a massive, silvery thing that SLAMMED my ear. Needless to say, those piercings failed miserably and were infected. Very, very infected. Painful too.


However, in 7th grade, I got them repierced. Yes... I'm ashamed to say... at claire's. However, I got gold earrings, the girl was better than most... they turned out fine.


I probably wouldn't go back to Claire's to get another piercing done, but for what they are, they didn't do a half-bad job.


I think what POT is trying to tell us is don't risk having a bad experience with a piercing because you got it gunned.



M
re: Almost Everything There is to Know About Piercings Part Deux; Piercings, Risks, Cleaning, etc.
By pokomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 9026, member since Sun Oct 31, 2004
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:58 PM
Hoyl crap Brit, you covered everything! However, a warning when the gruesome photos would have been nice :P

Very very well put together and very informative! Much love to you!
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By Pink_Diva Comments: 40, member since Sun Dec 11, 2005
On Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:53 PM
Wow! you sure know your piercings!
Thanks for the pics
And I had my ears done at claires( Both Times) and they both came out brill!
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By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:56 PM
Ya'll that is not the point.

You can get your ears done at Claire's all you want and you can take the risk...but I am telling you that it's better not to take the risk.

I smoke occasionally. I do not have lung cancer. BUT smoking does put me at a risk for that. It may or may not happen.

You could have had an okay experience at Clarie's, but I am telling you there is better out there and when you go there you are putting yourself at a huge risk.
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By x0xchicchickx0xmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 360, member since Fri Jun 13, 2003
On Fri Jan 20, 2006 08:20 PM
^^^ I got my ears pierced at the doctor to because my mom thought it was cleaner there then any place at the mall or whatever and I THINK they used a gun i'm 98% sure they did and no infections or anything and it healed very fast altho i'm sure ever place was different I was 9 at the time.
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By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Sat Jan 21, 2006 08:00 AM
Listen, ya'll can fight me all about the gun all you want. That's perfectly fine...but any professional piercer and anyone who knows what they are talking about will tell you the EXACT same thing I just did. It is NOT good for piercings AT ALL. I don't care how yours turned out...many people didn't have that luck, and why the heck would you want to risk something like that?
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By DejaDerangemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6188, member since Fri Mar 26, 2004
On Sun Jan 22, 2006 02:24 PM
Also, just a note about the gun...


think of how many ears that thing has pierced. A whole heck of a lot, that's how many! They're not clean, at ALL. I live in the city, which means that an even higher volume of ears than average get pierced at the Claire's here. And you now what? Just figuring from percents, it's VERY likely that someone who has hepatitis has been pierced by one of those guns. Especially if you look at the area which the store is in, if it's an area with a high percentage of people w/ hepatitis... eeeek. No thank you! There are cooler ways to get sick. Like eating plutonium.


M
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By scat22 Comments: 36, member since Wed Feb 19, 2003
On Mon Jan 23, 2006 05:05 PM
Edited by scat22 (57273) on 2006-01-23 17:11:56
Great post! But a note about the surface piercings...

Sure, a lot of them are done with curved or straight barbells, but that's only because a lot of piercers (and piercees) don't know any better. If you want the piercing to actually stay, this is incorrect and outdated piercing technique. Putting these types of jewelry in a surface piercing puts too much pressure on the skin and causes it to reject--leaving some pretty ugly scars.

If you really want one of these piercings, go to a professional, experienced piercer who will use "surface bars" in your piercings. Imagine a barbell bent on both ends at straight, right angles, like the shape of a staple (check out the BMEzine site originally posted). This gets rid of a lot of pressure, and gives it a much, MUCH better chance of staying put. The horizontal eyebrow, anti-eyebrow, madison, and collarbone piercings picture above look like they were done with surface bars. The only reason someone might chose to have their piercing done with something other than a custom surface bar would be because they don't intend to keep the piercing. This is often the case with corset piercings like the one pictured above. Most people get corset piercings for a special ocassion or ritual, and take them out within a few days or so. And many of these people also prefer the look of rings over the surface bars in corset piercings. So, they opt for the rings, and in turn, take them out before they reject and leave a scar. Other than that, it's pretty safe to say that you shouldn't get too attatched to a piercing with something besides a surface bar in it. Of course, there's always some exceptions of people with super-human healing powers that *can* heal a surface piercing with a ring, barbell, paperclip, or whatever, but know that these exceptions are few.

Here's a link to a picture of a surface piercing done with a straight barbell. Note how you can see the barbell pushing the skin up and away from the body. It'll eventually push its way all the way out.
www.bmezine.com . . .

P.S. Please, don't even try the paperclip thing :)
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By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Mon Jan 23, 2006 06:09 PM
Thank you for adding the information! I have not studied surface piercings as much as I have studied other piercings so I really appreciate you adding that bit in there.
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By calidancer93 Comments: 167, member since Sun Feb 13, 2005
On Sat Jan 28, 2006 09:38 PM
awesome awesome post! i loved it, you covered everything. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Also for all the pictures, it's easier to imagine how the piercing will look. thanks
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By DeStijlmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7023, member since Sat Jul 17, 2004
On Sun Feb 05, 2006 04:28 AM
small question about Keloids

My sister has a rather nasty ever-growing one on the back of her lobe, she still wears her earings, and says it doesnt hurt, but its getting bigger and bigger..
can you just leave them be and have an unsightly lump growing from your ear? or is there a danger in not treating them?
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By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Sun Feb 05, 2006 02:52 PM
You can leave them be. Like I said, they occur more often in African Americans. I have some black friends that have them and it's not even a piercing. They just have a keloid on the back of their ear. So, just leaving it be will be fine.
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By Dancerooni Comments: 700, member since Thu Jul 17, 2003
On Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:20 PM
Okay, I was going to start a thread, but I was too lazy, and figured I'd just post this here. If I don't get any responses, I'll just make a thread ... but whateverrrr !



Anywho, for those of you who have off-centered lip piercings - Does the ring affect your teeth or gums at all? I'm intersted in getting a side lip piercing, but if it's going to cause gum recession or enamel wear, I'll pass and just get my nostril done. I'm hardcore in to teeth hygiene and health, so I was just wondering what you guys have experienced as far as side effects go.
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By Nicci_member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1667, member since Fri Mar 28, 2003
On Thu Feb 23, 2006 08:46 PM
I know it's a bit late, but meh:

Dancerooni - I have the right side of my lip pierced. It used to hit my teeth a bit with the starter flatback, but that's because it was too long (to accomodate for the swelling) and the flat back was really thick. I got it changed to a smaller one yesterday, and it doesn't hit at all.

It's a great piercing to have, I love them :)
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By Little_MissJmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11220, member since Thu Jul 17, 2003
On Fri Mar 31, 2006 09:19 AM
Awesome post :)

I need help with my rook because I had it done last June, but it still puses. I either have a boil or keloids. I have a bubble on both sides of the ring. But they don't bother me at all. Even though it's pussy it is not at all sore. I really looked after it, cleaned it and didn't play with with. The only thing I can think that caused it is that in my sleep I would roll over on it and you're not supposed to lie on it. I'm currently cleaning my ear with witch hazel (I used it for my nose and navel and they healed really well with it) Would I be better off with tea tree oil? (What I was given in the first place) or should I just clean off the crusty bits with some warm water? I clean it twice a day, when I get up and before I go to bed. Am I over-cleaning it maybe?

J x
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By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 15182, member since Thu Aug 22, 2002
On Fri Mar 31, 2006 08:08 PM
Eek! Please don't use witch hazel! It's very harsh and is compared to products such as hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. They should all be avoided with piercings.

I use tea tree oil. It may take awhile, but for me it has worked like a charm. I still have some scar tissue, but it has helped. It is supposed to help with keloiding. If it's not clearing up within the near future, I'd go see your piercer.
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By SeniorLadyPremium member Comments: 8103, member since Sun Aug 24, 2003
On Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:21 AM
Excellent post; thanks for all the great info. That back corset is hot. :) I'm thinking of getting my ears pierced again (had it done at age 7 - I'm one of those with a Claire's horror story!!), so this was really useful and informative. Thanks again!
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By PinUpGirlmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 25878, member since Tue Jul 16, 2002
On Sun May 14, 2006 04:15 PM
Kolo is where I went to get my belly button done. They were excellent. My piercer was really professional and fast. He had me pierced and set in about 10 minutes. At the time, I wasn't aware about tipping *blush* or he would've gotten a nice one. If I ever decide to get another piercing, I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
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By Armwarmermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3108, member since Fri May 20, 2005
On Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:28 AM
Glad that you mentioned tipping!

I'm going to soon go on a search for a good piercer, but first I'm gonna have my mommy read this post. Good stuff!

Ashley
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By JILISA Comments: 166, member since Sun May 25, 2003
On Mon Jun 05, 2006 04:53 AM
I already used peroxide on my eyebrow piercing.
Will something happen?
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By Krystalmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 8458, member since Tue Sep 02, 2003
On Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:02 PM
Do not use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointments, betadine or iodine, hibiclens, ear care solution or bactine, or any other first aid product


So is the cleaning solution the piercer gave me not supposed to be used? I got my ears pierced again (2nd hole in each) on Saturday and this solution is what I've been using since then.

What's wrong with the stuff they gave me?

Oh yeah, and one more question. You're the piercing guru so I gotta ask! My right ear is still a little sore from the piercing...about how long will the pain last? I was 5 when I got my ears done the first time (at Claire's, bad I know. My mom didn't know any different,) and I don't remember anything about that.

But otherwise, REALLY informative post. Thanks for that.
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